The 20-year-old right-hander suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma after getting hit by a boat while swimming off the coast of Carupano in his native Venezuela. He underwent a craniectomy to remove portions of his cranium, was in an induced coma since Feb. 17 and was later moved to a hospital in Caracas. On Feb. 23, Sanchez had shown slight brain activity, but there had not been any updates since.
Sanchez ended the 2014 season as the Mariners' No. 11 prospect.
The team released the following statement.
“The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez. Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a Major Leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates, and the coaches and staff at the Mariners.
The entire Mariners organization sends our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.”
-Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik
As a Clinton LumberKings pitcher in 2013, Sanchez finished off the clubs' 22nd no-hitter in history vs. Lansing at Ashford University Field.
Sanchez pitched in front of his mom in Clinton for the first time when he threw the no-hit game.
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